Packers 53-man roster predictions following 2018 NFL Draft

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 29: Jamaal Williams
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 29: Jamaal Williams /
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SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 31: Tight end Jimmy Graham
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 31: Tight end Jimmy Graham /

Tight ends (3)

Tight ends: Jimmy Graham, Lance Kendricks, Emanuel Byrd

Depth could become an issue at tight end, but the Packers are definitely stronger at the position now than they have been for some years.

Gutekunst made his first big signing as general manager by bringing former Saints and Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham to Green Bay. Graham may no longer be in his prime, but he could still be a big-time threat working with Aaron Rodgers. The five-time Pro Bowler is effectively another wide receiver.

Lance Kendricks disappointed in his debut season with the Packers, but he’s a fine No. 2 option. I have Emanuel Byrd making the team as the third tight end, but signing a free agent can’t be ruled out.

It was somewhat surprising Gutekunst didn’t use one of his draft picks at the position.

If Graham can replicate some of the success he had in New Orleans, the Packers will be getting a receiving threat they haven’t had in a number of years. In the past two seasons, Graham and Davante Adams have caught a combined 38 touchdowns.

Now that they are working together with a two-time MVP throwing them the ball, the Packers could be dominant in the red zone this year.